Dental care: looking after your pet’s teeth
Why is dental care so important?
Dental disease is commonly seen in dogs, cats, rabbits and other species.
When your pets visit us we will routinely undergo a full clinical examination, which includes looking inside their mouths and at their teeth.
This is often when dental disease is discovered.
Pets often do not express pain in the way we expect them to and therefore dental disease often goes undetected at home and may be present for some time before it is discovered.
Some cats and dogs with dental pain may be quiet or irritable, rub or paw at their mouths, cease to groom themselves, avoid chewing hard foods or selectively eat on one side of their mouth.
Rabbits with dental disease may show signs including a decreased appetite, runny eyes, a wet chin or front legs, and a build-up of faeces around their tail.
You should always contact your vet for advice if you notice any changes that are not normal for your pet.
How do I find out if my pet has a dental problem?
If you have noticed any changes in your pet’s health or believe they are unwell, please book in for an appointment.
Annual vaccination appointments include a full health check and offer a great opportunity to have your pet’s mouth and teeth checked so that any signs of dental disease can be caught early.